The Wall Street Journal this week featured an article focused on the ways top business schools are touting how many successful start-ups they spawn. At Harvard Business School (HBS), the success of entrepreneurial MBAs is credited in great part to the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.
The Rock Center provides a range of support and resources to would-be HBS entrepreneurs, including the Rock Accelerator Program and the New Venture Competition, which both offer guidance and funding to promising ventures. The Rock Center also provides students with early-stage feedback and features an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s ongoing blog post that seeks out the freshest news and experiences of the b-school blogosphere. This week was another relatively quiet week for current students, though a few checked in with updates. Applicants were more heavily represented, discussing R2 application strategies and considering other facets of a b-school application process.
Domotron descended into a state of lethargy with most of his interviews behind him, though he did realize he’d have to finish up his Kellogg application before becoming entirely sloth-like. MBA The Nonprofit Way submitted her Johnson app and tried to explain just what it was about the program that really appealed to her. Sarah created a game plan for the month of December to ensure she would be able to submit two applications as well as retake the GMAT. HammO enjoyed his Thanksgiving, though he did have to respond to quite a number of questions from family members in regards to his b-school plans. With a Columbia acceptance in hand, MBAGirlJourney turned her attentions to the tricky matter of financing her education.
LBS ’15 Will assured readers that moving to London and setting up a home base there wasn’t as tricky or stressful as they might think. Kellogg ’15 Aftab shared some of his thoughts on participating in case study competitions. HBS ’15 Two Years at HBS outlined a typical day’s schedule for his readers. INSEAD ’15 Ido was featured in a blog post geared towards highlighting the school’s diversity, which he certainly reflects through his Israeli military service and love of music.
And that’s the news for this week. We hope that all bloggers continue to report their most recent activities, invitations or other news. Until next week, have a wonderful weekend!
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Welcome to another installment of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the latest “tweets” from the top MBA programs on Twitter. If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.
Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, reflected on the school’s defining people and directed followers’ generosity to the program. Meanwhile, the Dean of UCLA / Anderson, Judy Olian, shared some photos from her trip to Seoul with UCLA / Anderson alumni and prospective students. Conrad Chua, the Head of Marketing and Admissions at Cambridge / Judge, enjoyed compiling a list of entrepreneurs from the school. Christine Sneva, Admissions Director at Cornell / Johnson, offered some advice on the best round to apply. Continue reading…
Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management yesterday unveiled the curriculum for its new one-year MBA program, which it will offer on its New York City tech campus beginning in May 2014. The full-time program will include condensed courses, company-hosted projects and a January global trek to Israel.
The new degree has a strong technology focus, and 90 percent of the roughly 20 applicants who have been admitted to date have strong quantitative backgrounds or hold science-related degrees, said Christine Sneva, Johnson executive director of admissions and financial aid. Continue reading…
Hello and welcome back to Campus Chronicles, Clear Admit’s perusal of the student news at top business programs. Today we take a look into the digital pages of The Bottom Line, Columbia Business School’s weekly publication.
The third annual Hispanic MBA Summit was held at the Columbia University Italian Academy, bringing together 125 attendees from 12 different schools. Designed to provide access to diversity recruiters from top firms, the 2013 conference sought to develop a network of Hispanic MBAs from top business programs. This year’s theme was “Juntos Adelante,” which means “Moving Forward Together,” and had support from 11 corporate sponsors, including JP Morgan, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Bain, McKinsey, and American Express. Panels covered topics such as “Ascending the Corporate Ladder” and discussions of personal professional success with former Hispanic student leaders from CBS. Continue reading…
INSEAD requires two interviews with alumni who live in your country of residence. I had to catch a short flight and managed to do both interviews in the same morning, last week. Here’s my report.
The first interview was with a director of a large petrochemical company. The interview took place at his office and was quite informal. He was around 40, quite busy, but very open and friendly. English is not our first language, so we chatted a bit in Portuguese to break the ice and then we started the interview in English. He asked me to talk about myself and my career and we talked about that for at least 30 minutes. Then the usual questions: why MBA, why INSEAD and what’s next (no ‘why now’ question). He asked me about other schools I had applied to and then we talked a bit on extracurricular activities, which is my weak point. He did not leave time for my questions, and I did not point it out.
On a whole, the interview took a bit more than one hour. He gave me his business card and asked to let him know about the result.
After a 15-min ride by taxi, I met my second interviewer (whom the first one knew). He is a former consultant and banker, and is now in PE, a bit more senior but nonetheless very friendly. The interview was conversational, covering the same standard topics but spotted with many questions challenging my professional path and my choices, my understanding of the industry I work in, my motivations and my language skills (I spoke mainly English and Portuguese, but also a bit Spanish and Italian).
After more or less one hour, he asked if I had questions, on which we spent 5 minutes. Once again, he gave his business card and asked to keep in touch.
In general, my point about INSEAD interviews is about confirming the good things you put in your essays. I also believe it is an acid test to check if you will integrate in the culture of the school and your maturity. As a result, it is very important to be sure and firm on your message, but also cool and friendly in your attitude.
Four of the past five years, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business has been the only business school to send a delegation of students to an annual summit focused on climate change. Three second-year Tuck MBA students traveled last month to Warsaw, Poland, for the 19th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP19), sponsored by the United Nations.
“Climate change is not only one of the central issues of our time, but it’s one in which businesses are front and center, both as the cause and the solution,” finance professor Anant Sundaram, who teaches the Business and Climate Change elective at Tuck, said in an article on the school’s website. Recognizing this, Tuck believes it is crucial to bring MBAs into the conversation and expects other business schools will follow its lead, Sundaram added. Continue reading…
Welcome to the first in a series of guest columns focused on career strategy in the MBA context … a topic that should be squarely in your sights whether you’re considering applying to business school or are currently in the thick of the admissions process.
A Wharton professor of mine was once asked in a public forum what he thought the key success factor was for MBAs pursuing the most highly competitive and rewarding job opportunities. He observed that the critical variable that seemed to predict long-term success was the extent to which a student understood and expected the 5-7 year time span beyond business school to (also) be one of intense work and sacrifice, every bit the equal to the process of applying to and undertaking the MBA in terms of calories burned and mental energy expended.
Regardless of what jobs students pursued or how much they were compensated upon graduation, those whose careers truly took off – the ones who now lead their respective organizations – were preparing, it seems, for an additional, non-trivial phase of concerted effort and toil during the post-MBA phase of their professional lives.
In contrast, he felt, those students who felt they should be rewarded more speedily – whether in terms of title, status, or pay – for their admittedly considerable investment in graduate school, or for their previous experiences, were at greater risk of disappointment and of erring in the quest to find solid footing, a good match, and the right launching pad for a career that would result in progressively greater amounts of responsibility, compensation, satisfaction, and, ultimately, the ability to ‘job sculpt’ and integrate one’s professional life with personal interests and family needs. Continue reading…
Tell Us Tuesdays: Submit an MBA Interview Report from Oxford / Saïd, Berkeley / Haas, INSEAD, UNC Kenan-Flagler, or ISB and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!
Welcome to our weekly edition of Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive! Thanks to all of you who submitted interview reports over the past week.
If you’re interested in sharing your experience, we’ll be awarding a $10 Amazon gift certificate to each applicant who submits an interview report for Oxford / Saïd, Berkeley / Haas, INSEAD, UNC Kenan-Flagler, or Indian School of Business through 4pm EST next Tuesday, December 10! All you have to do is send us your interview field report for any of the above programs and we’ll send you a $10 Amazon gift certificate. We will notify the winners by e-mail (Limit: one gift card per person).
The most helpful and informative reports usually include the following information:
- Date/Admissions Round
- Description of visit and/or interview atmosphere
- Type of interview (alum vs. adcom, blind vs. application-based)
- List of interview questions
- Commentary (What did you think of the interview? What surprised you? What didn’t surprise you? What might you conclude about the school based on this experience?)
Applicants who would like to supplement the information available on the Interview Archive can check out our Clear Admit Interview Guides, which provide school-specific insight about admissions interviews. Good luck interviewing!